Extinction Rebellion climate protest closes city centre road in Cardiff

Elias Hubbard
July 16, 2019

The group is demanding the government call a national emergency mobilisation to shift its net zero target to 2025 and hold a Citizens' Assembly to determine the economic trade-offs that such a rapid decarbonisation programme would entail.

The "Operation Mushroom" campaign is part of a string of protests taking part in Ireland and the UK.

Climate protesters have blocked a key city centre route in Cardiff.

"A handsome armada of rebel boats is taking to the roads across key cities now", the group wrote in one tweet.

An environmental activism movement began a staged protest in five British cities on Monday.

Outside Cardiff Castle in Wales, a number of Extinction Rebellion members parked a green boat in the street, causing severe delays to bus services.

Tents were also set up on grass in front of Cardiff City Hall, the home of the Welsh capital's local government, as campaigners looked set to camp there ahead of more disruption in the coming days.

A message saying "The future you fear is already here" is on the other side of the vessel.

In London, protesters sat outside the Royal Courts of Justice with a blue boat where the theme was "climate justice" in solidarity with climate activists around the world. They are calling for the cases against more than 1,000 of the April protesters to be dropped.

Modelled on civil disobedience campaigns such as the USA civil rights movement and Britain's Suffragettes, Extinction Rebellion has pushed climate up the agenda in Britain, where parliament declared a symbolic "climate emergency" in May.

Glasgow City Council said the Trongate was closed to all eastbound traffic between Albion Street and High Street due to the continuing protest.

"We're at the beginning of the sixth mass extinction and a climate genocide and the Government's inaction is, in my view, criminally irresponsible".

Last month, Britain became the first G7 economy to enshrine a legally binding commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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